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Making up salads & new obsessions

Posted by Jeanne on July 9, 2013

So I seem to have unfollowed most of the terrible “recipe” posters from Pinterest, and I found some really great people to follow – my faith in Pinterest is restored. Huzzah!

I combined elements of  this recipe and this recipe because I had a bunch of the stuff in the fridge – zucchini, tomatoes, limes, cucumbers, eggplant – added some shredded chicken, and it turned out to be really good!  Very pleased.

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The child liked it too.

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She is sixteen months old today.  I can hardly believe it.

That’s what we had for dinner tonight – this week has been:

Sunday:  steak fajitas and black beans

Monday:  breakfast for dinner – egg and bacon sandwiches

Tuesday:  made up salad

Wednesday:  pulled pork sandwiches and sauteed zucchini

Thursday:  spaghetti with Italian sausage and kale

Friday:  homemade pizza

Saturday:  paprika rubbed fish with cheddar polenta and veg – we’ll see what we get in the CSA this week

Obsession:  Carla made me some agua fresca de jamaica, and it is AMAZING.

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Also, the jar of hibiscus infusion looks like a jar of blood in the fridge which is nice and creepy.

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I also made some infused waters – this weekend it was lime/rosemary and a cucumber/basil.  Both were delicious.  Tomorrow is lime and berry.

 

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Day of the pork

Posted by Jeanne on June 16, 2013

So we bought this huge pork shoulder at Costco, and Saturday of this weekend was the Day of the Pork.  Now we have pulled pork for sandwiches, bulk Italian sausage, and tomorrow we’ll have cochinita pibil for tacos.  For a long, long time.

I realized that I got so into bee-bim bop last week that I didn’t post a meal plan!  So last week, we had:

Saturday: bee-bim bop

Sunday:  La Casa that my mother-in-law brought over.  Love La Casa.

Monday:  pasta with italian sausage and red sauce

Tuesday:  turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sugar snap peas, and broccoli

Wednesday:  falafel salad

Thursday:  BBQ spiced shrimp & grits

Friday:  we had dinner with our friends (and former neighbors) Rick and Kate – enchiladas!  Their oven died the next day.  I swear I didn’t touch it.

And then this week, we begin using the pork!

Saturday:  grilled salmon, potatoes, parmesean-lemon green beans (Wild sockeye was $25 a pound at our local grocery store but $13.99 a pound at costco, which isn’t cheap but compared to $25 a pound sounds like a freaking bargain.)

Sunday:  lasagna (I made a second one for the freezer – my general theory on lasagna is that it is a pain to make so you might as well make a ton.)

Monday:  Buffalo chicken salad with blue cheese dressing

Tuesday:  pulled pork sandwiches with sauteed green beans

Wednesday:  we are going to the College World Series!  I haven’t been since I was a teenager.  I think it’ll be fun.  Curt wants to eat a hot dog.

Thursday:  crock pot minestrone soup

Friday:  Hoisin chicken with soba noodles

Have a good week, everyone!

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Don’t eat the paint.

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Bee-bim Bop

Posted by Jeanne on June 9, 2013

We got E this book a few weeks ago – it’s super cute.  After reading it a few times, Curt started asking me to make some bee-bim bop for dinner one night.  So I did yesterday.

The book says that bee-bim bop is a popular meal for many Koreans, and I can see why – it was delicious and it came together really quickly.  Also, since everything is served separately if you have picky eaters they can easily avoid the greens or carrots or whatever.

Bee-bim bop – recipe adapted from Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park

Ingredients

Marinade:

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 green onions, sliced

5 TB soy sauce

2 TB sugar

2 TB vegetable oil

2 tsp sesame seeds

1 TB sesame oil

Black pepper

Meat:

1 pound tender lean beef (I used sirloin), sliced very thinly against the grain

Vegetables

3 – 4 carrots, julienned

2 10-oz. packages frozen spinach (I used kale we had frozen from last summer), defrosted and well-drained

1 pound mung bean sprouts

Other ingredients:

4 eggs, well beaten

salt and pepper

vegetable oil for frying

Serve with:  kochugang (Korean hot pepper paste), kimchee, steamed rice

Instructions:

Combine marinate ingredients and meat and set aside.

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Stir-fry carrots in vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

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Season with a little bit of salt and pepper and set aside.  Repeat with bean sprouts and greens or spinach.

For eggs, the recipe stated to season the eggs with salt and pepper, make four thin egg pancakes, and slice them into ribbons.  I unfortunately am unable to make egg pancakes without everything turning into a hot mess, so I just scrambled the eggs.

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Finally, the meat.  Heat your skillet over medium-high heat.  When the pan is hot, dump the meat and marinade in all at once.  Cook quickly until the meat is done; keep the marinade as a sauce.

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Hungry E is ready to eat!  To serve:  put some rice (“bop”) in the bottom of your bowl.  Top with meat (and sauce), veggies, and egg.

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Stir until mixed up (“bee-bim”), top with gochujang and kimchi, and enjoy.

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She loved it – no kimchi, but she had some of everything else!

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Clearing out the cobwebs

Posted by Jeanne on October 25, 2012

My, but it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  Last weekend I was in San Francisco for my race, and I visited a friend from college who lives in the Bay area.  He asked if I was still cooking, which is a fair question since I have not been posting.  And the answer is yes, I have been cooking.  Just not writing about it.

There is this feeling of obligation (for me at least) that if I haven’t posted in ages, my opening post must be epic!  And contain tons of pictures!  Etc.  But I haven’t had time to compose an epic, photo-heavy post because the child is distracting me.

An adorable distraction, but a distraction nonetheless.  Which is as it should be, but I’d like to post more often.  So here goes.

It’s fall!  Time for soup and stew and butternut squash in everything.  Today I’m making cochinita pibil and also boeuf bourguignon, Julia Child’s recipe.  I also made some beginner’s beef ragout from this book for the baby.

She loved it.  So far, feeding E has been a lot of fun.  She likes everything but avocado (darn.  More avocado for meeee!) so far.  We’ve been using a mix of homemade and store-bought foods, and she’s just starting to get some meals at daycare too.

I think we’re going to try and work our way out of purees and see if she can start feeding herself soon.  If nothing else, the dogs will LOVE it when she throws things on the floor.  Especially Nettie.

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